Sunday, January 18, 2015

Block of the Month Updates and a finish

The finish first.

Last October I took a class from our guild from Melinda Bula.  This was a bugger for me to quilt, but it's done.  Yeah!

I've been working on Fat Quarter Shops Designer mystery quilt for the last 8 months.  I got a little behind at the holidays and caught up this weekend.  Here are blocks 7 & 8.  (I am making 2 of each block so I'll end up with 2 quilts at the end of the year.)

Then they decided to have a free block of the month that has some adorable blocks and although I swore I wasn't going to do anymore block of the months, I couldn't resist this one. I have a ton of Pam Kitty Garden and Love fabrics that I'll use.
So last year I did the Pat Sloan block of the month and tried to resist this year but just couldn't.  So I went through all my fabrics and found this line that I am going to use for the BOM
And last year at the local quilt stores big quilt event, they had the Kimberbell sisters as guests and fell in love with their stuff.  And right after that, Shabby Fabrics announced their pillow of the month club so yep, signed up for that one too.
And of course our guild has a block of the month.  You make a block, turn it in and get a ticket and then they draw.  If your number comes up, then you get all the blocks.  I liked the focus fabric of this months so I thought I'd do it this month.

So that's what I've worked on this weekend.  (Well the Melinda Bula has been in my pile of quilts to be quilted since November.)

I also got my ironing board covered this weekend.  Finally.  The old cover was so brown and ugly.
Here it is with the new cover.  The fabric is some remnant fabric I bought so my sister-in-law could cover this wonderful little foot stool my dad made for me.
I've used it several times already.  Thanks dad and Marcy.

I do have to work this Monday (Martin Luther King birthday) and then on Tuesday but I have Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off so I can go to Road to California with my friends.  I am taking Anita Shackleford Coxcomb applique class and a Downton Abbey mystery class.  Can't wait.  Going to see some friends I haven't seen for a while too.

Thanks for looking.  Updated my to do list too.  It's long this time because I went through all my fabric packs and am listing them.  It was eye opening to see the list.  I even took pictures of all of the kits so I can have on my cell and won't buy more fabrics.  Ha!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

2014 Quilt Year in Review

I had a pretty successful year with a lot (34) personal quilts (or crossstitch) done, 14 of which were on my resolution list of quilts I wanted to get done.  Not shown but also completed were some charity quilts for our guild that I machine quilted and bound for them.  I pick one up at meetings (since they have them pinned and ready to go) and I quilt one right before I start quilting another project as a warm up.

Here's my final 2014 Resolution list.  I donated one of the kits to guild as a prize for the Bingo game and I'm breaking down a kit that I got from a friend who passed and putting the fabrics into my stash.  Part of the fabric that was in it was decorator fabric and I just don't want to use it in a quilt.  But all the rest of the fabrics are great and I'm sure I'll find some other quilts to use the fabric in.  I'm going to go through my kits and packs again in a week or so and revise and update my list for 2015.  

And here are all the boutique items I made for the guild.  Probably about 70 items.

And the ornaments I made and received this year.

Check back in a week or so with my updated resolution list.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

One last 2014 Finish, a 2015 Finish and the Grand Illusion Mystery

As you know from my previous posts, I've been working on the Grand Illusion Mystery - Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville fame.  I didn't finish my top but I did get four blocks put together so I could see what it would look like.
So far the only think I have changed was using solid red squares instead the 4 patches and using black cornerstones in the sashing verses the aqua.  I will finish this sometime soon.  I have had several quilts pinned and ready to quilt that need to be finished first.

Here's the first one I finished - or last one in 2014.  It's leftover HST from another quilt that only the top is done, but the guild put a call out for charity quilts in Janaury so wanted to bring this one in.

Then while retreating with some friends over new year, I was able to focus on my machine quilting and got my Fall Block of the Month quilted.  All I have to do is hand sew down the binding (it's glued at the moment).  This picture does not do it justice.  And the picture is posting on it's side - don't know how to fix that.
Still have to work on my year-in-review.  But that will take while.  I'll get back to you on that as soon as I can.  And update my resolution list too.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery Caught Up and Christmas ornaments

I am all caught up with the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery quilt.  Here's the proof.
Clue 5

Clues 1-5
Christmas was wonderful.  Still not the same as it was without my mom, but we try to make it as good as she would have made it.  My sister made ravioli's a few weeks ago when she was here with a little help from my dad and sister holding the drill to turn the pasta maker (see pictures from a few posts back).  Our friends Kevin and Lori came for Christmas Eve dinner and we ate and laughed.  We played a game on Lori's phone called Heads Up which was fun.  Dad didn't play, but he enjoyed watching us and laughing at our answers and clues.

Each Christmas the siblings have exchanged hand-made ornaments.  For some reason, Christmas snuck up on 2 of them so only me and my younger sister got our ornaments completed.   Beverly made these little cuties.

I made these sleds.  I bought the patterns/kits at Creating Keepsake in New Hampshire on my grand adventure in Sept/Oct.  

And for my mother-in-law, step-daughter and granddaughter, I made these lace and flannel scarves.  (Pattern found on Pinterest -just search lace flannel infinity scraves).  I made my g-daughters scarf half the wide and about 40" long.  We had a great Christmas with the kids. 

We went to their house on the Sunday before Christmas.  

Jack loved his tent, flashlight and sleeping bag and fort kit we got him and Dylan.  He took his nap in his tent and they put his tent on his bed and slept that night in it too.  

Another Christmas done and all my decorations are put away for another year.  My Valentine stuff is all up already.  My bedroom is pink, pink and pink.  :)  

Going to Los Osos to ring in the New Year quilting with friends.  Can't wait.  Until then I have to work Monday and Tuesday.  

I haven't done much quilting this past week except for the Mystery quilt, but today I got a charity quilt made of leftover pieces from another quilt pinned and ready to take to LO.  Also getting the applique quilted down on my fall BOM so I won't have to bring so many colors of threads with me.  

Enough chit chat.  Thanks for looking and happy New Year.  I'll have my annual recap of quilts and things I made hopefully next week sometime.  And maybe change/update my resolutions list.  And maybe if the retreat is successful I'll have some finished quilts to show.  

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Material Girl's Christmas Party

My friendship group Materials Girls had our Christmas party this afternoon where we show our challenge quilts, do a little quilt exchange and have wonderful fellowship with each other.  We also choose our next years challenge.

Here's the group shot.
Back row:  Rita, Anna, Barb, Sheila, Deolinda, Elaine and Diane
Front row:  Maxine, Debbie, Kathy and Carol
Missing this year were Janice (who was sick), Lynn Marie, Barbara B. and Adena who had other plans, and Sue.

Our challenge this year was to make a quilt with a house on it.  This is a no pressure group and for these types of challenges, if you don't get it done, it's no big deal.  Here are the quilts that were done.
Janices - taking off from the story of the old lady who lives in a shoe.

Adena Joseph


Me again.  After I made the first quilt I realized I could have used this FQS BOM.  It has 3 houses.

Debbie Van Fossen

Deolinda Rhoads

Carol Chadwick
And we also had some show and tell.
Maxine getting ready to quilt this UFO from a long time ago.

Diane finished this top

And another baby quilt

And she had Darby long arm this 2009 guild mystery quilt.
And years ago, we all gave each other little gifts at Christmas but with 17 in the group at the time, it just got to be too much so we decided that those who want to participate can make a 12 inch (or so) mini quilt and bring it to the lunch in a brown bag.  Carol's daughter numbers them and puts them on a wall and we all have to guess who made what quilt.  Winner gets a prize.  And after those, who made quilts draw numbers and we get those quilts as gifts.  Only 5 of us participated this year but only 4 were there since Janice was sick.  But she did send a picture so we included it in the exchange.  Here are the 4 that were there.  Mine is the deer head quilt.

This is Janice's - which is the one I got.  
I wish I took close up pictures of them all.  They were all so great.  The bottom left is all cross stitch.  Wonderful!!!!

Next year we're doing a block exchange.  We all chose different styles and block sizes and each of us has to make one for everyone.  Example - 4 of the group want crazy quilt blocks with jewel colors, Easter blocks (me), Halloween blocks, Christmas blocks, alphabet blocks, star blocks, etc.  They all have to be signed as well.  We have to June to make the blocks and by Christmas we have to put the blocks into a quilt.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Grand Illusion Clue 3 and a Loose Threads project

I have one, yes only one block, of clue 3 done for the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery, however I do have all the strips with the black on it done and fabrics cut for the other piece.  Hopefully will be able to get to it next week.  The next 2 nights will be spent finishing and wrapping some Christmas gifts.  Here is what I have so far.

And Loose Threads, the art quilt group that I belong to, met tonight and I finally was able to reveal my latest design board challenge.  This was the last round and I hope Karen will update the groups blog with all the pictures, but in the mean time, here is mine.
 Inspired by something on this board.

We are adding a couple new members next year because we've lost a couple due to moves this past few years.  We will be using artist styles for our inspiration next year.  More on that at another date.

Off to bed.  Another busy day tomorrow.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery Part 2 & Family Time

I have only made 10 blocks of part 2 of the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery because I spent this past weekend with my dad (who turned 80) and my sisters who live out of state and my brother, sister-in-law and niece.  Pictures in a minute.  But business first.  Here is the start of part two.  I am using her method 3 which will give me 100 extra black/white and 100 extra red/white half square triangles.

I will work on these as needed.  I still need to mark the squares but I have some Christmas gifts I need to work on right of way.

This past weekend was my dad's 80th birthday.  He didn't want a big party but wanted his kids to come visit him so my sister from Massachusetts and my sister from Seattle came to Ripon and we all celebrated with him.  He wanted to have a lobster dinner so we invited Kevin and Lori (friends of my folks from San Jose who are like adopted siblings) to join us for an Outback Steakhouse dinner.
Here are some family pictures.
A picture of my dad and siblings.

My dad and adopted children.  

And all of us girls.
 While we were all there, we went through some of the Christmas decorations and kept the little my dad wanted to put out and took what we wanted and the rest goes to the Goodwill.  We also took my dad shopping for some things he needed and didn't want to go to the store by himself.  We (my dad and sisters) made ravioli's for us to eat that night and the rest for our annual Christmas eve fest.  It really wasn't as serious as their faces looked.  They were tired, they had been at it for a while.

One of the shopping trips we went to was Hobby Lobby and I found these huge letter's J and Y and made the work joy with my wreath.  (this is a picture of it up at my house).

I sewed some infinity scarves for my sisters and myself using this tutorial.  We found some great flannels and lace at Beverly's and Hobby Lobby.  And once I followed a you tube video on how to sew the piece to make one scarf, they were a cinch.  I may have to make a few for gifts.  If I can find the time.

I still have 3 quilts pinned and ready to quilt but I have a feeling those won't get done until next year.
Thanks for looking.